Links for January 9, 2017

Listening as Activism: The “Sonic Meditations” of Pauline Oliveros

While she spent years immersed in introspective experimentation, Oliveros’s “Sonic Meditations” shouldn’t be mistaken for escapism or disengagement. The composer described listening as a necessary pause before thoughtful action: “Listening is directing attention to what is heard, gathering meaning, interpreting and deciding on action.” Following her years of private group experimentation, Oliveros began to share her “Sonic Meditations” in print and in performance.

RA: Autechre: elseq et al

Rob Brown: There was a funny thing that happened in the mid-’90s: we were quite young and felt like we were being adopted by people maybe half a generation older than us.... And with them, I think we’d find a shared resistance to music that was obviously hostile, and there’d be this sense that you were looking for something that was either a bit kinder or a bit more cerebral in its effects. That’s why we’d end up playing alongside someone like Seefeel, or following Megadog round in a car for four days playing a bunch of massive student raves.

私 Noodle❗️ by Gorillaz

In search of new sounds and new inspiration, I found these kick-ass women who in their own individual ways are true pioneers in the writing, production and creation of MUSIC. They have inspired me, and I hope they inspire you too.